When one hear of DynaSoar for the first time, three questions come to mind
(past the "whoaaa, they planned a shuttle before the shuttle!" excitation)
- Would Dynasoar have worked, considering all the problems with the current shuttle, and the fact DynaSoar was imagined 15 years before ?
- What about DynaSoar in USAF service ? how difficult to fly ? how difficult to maintain ?
- What influence on the Shuttle if it had entered service ?
Well, this article is the FIRST, in many readings, that give me CLEAR answers to these questions...
that a good question and here some aswer
(i know this is not a Wat if Forum...)
Dynasoar had work, the Main frame design had some flaw but can get solved
it had fly even better as shuttle aka the "flying brick"
after Astronautix - http://www.astronautix.com/craft/dynasoar.htm
Dyna-Soar as hypersonic research vehicle first flight in March 1963 to 1965
with first unmanned Orbital flight in 1965
Dyna Soar as hypersonic reconnaissance vehicle would deployed in mid-1969.
with first Orbital flight in 1967 December 1 - Dynasoar 9
Dyna Soar as hypersonic, global, strategic bombardment and reconnaissance system, operational in mid-1974.
after this very slow development there will be a
Dyna Soar as Space Shuttle with 5 Astronauts on board for 1978
maintenance is cheaper than shuttle ! No SSME, SRMB, ET etc.
i guess the cost are low around $ 5-10 (1965 value) million on Dyna Soar alone
(NOT including buildings, facilities, training, salaries, etc)
expensive is the Titan-IIIC Flyaway Unit Cost $: 20 million. (1965 value )
total cost in 1965 dollar would be around $40-50 million per mission